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Brown Sugar Babe

Brown Sugar Babe

Illustrated by Akem

Hardcover

$17.99
Brown Sugar Babe

About the Book

Brown is beautiful. Brown is powerful! 

“This is the book I want to give to my future daughter.” —Black Nerd Problems

Perfect for fans of Hair Love and Antiracist Baby, this lyrically written, stunningly illustrated picture book is a love letter to the beauty of brown skin and a message of love, acceptance, and pride for all brown sugar babes. A classic in the making!

When a little girl has doubts about the color of her skin, her mother shows her all the wonderful, beautiful things brown can be! “Brown is precious. Brown is feet marching for human rights…. Brown is an after-bedtime-story kiss goodnight.”

Product Details

On sale: February 4, 2020
Age: 4-8 years
Grade: Preschool - 3
Page count: 32 Pages
ISBN: 9781635921380
Reading level: Lexile: AD760L

Author Bio

Charlotte Watson Sherman grew up in Seattle, a city with natural beauty that inspired her love for the color brown (and green and blue). She now lives in California near a marine sanctuary.

Akem is an illustrator and writer who lives in Vancouver, BC. This is her first picture book.

Praise

“This is the book I want to give to my future daughter, this is the book I want to read to her before bedtime on the days that have brought us tears. In a world that regularly attempts to assert that darker skin, that brown skin, isn’t worthy, this particular read is endearing and lovingly ready to be a contender to such attitudes.” —Black Nerd Problems

"Warm images of children and loving adults in gold and dark browns hues complement the rhyming, poetic text, which is set in a large type that emulates hand printing. Perfect for responding to or preventing the feelings of inadequacy that too often plague brown-skinned children, this book begs to be shared as a read-aloud with cuddles. Soul food." — Kirkus Reviews

"When a brown-skinned child proclaims that their skin color is pink, their mother rejoins with a rhyming poem that celebrates the beauty of brown in myriad forms. (T)he text... provides a creative and uplifting celebration of brownness. Warm digital spreads by Akem, in her picture book debut, extend the poem’s messages with stippled, textured digital backgrounds in wide-ranging shades of brown."— Publishers Weekly